It was announced today that twelve bodies have been recovered from the West, Texas blast site. Sgt. Jason Reyes said that while 200 people have been injured and 50 homes destroyed, the terrible incident is “still being treated as a crime scene.”
While the reason behind the fertilizer plant’s fire and subsequent explosion on Wednesday is still unknown, so is the exact amount of damage done. And though many are still unaccounted for, we do know that five West firefighters, one Dallas firefighter, and four emergency responders were killed.
We're still trying to process the sad news of the fertilizer plant explosion that shook the small town of West, Texas. So far, we know that over 160 sustained injuries and the number of deaths is in the range of 5 to 15 and continues to rise as a result of the shocking event.
A wide range of celebrities and prominent figures from Katy Perry to Pope Francis have taken to Twitter to send their positive thoughts and prayers to the small community that is attempting to recover from the tragedy. Here are some of their messages:
The tragedy in Texas is hardly over and as authorities try to get everything under control, we are getting new information.
After the town of West was hit by a fertilizer plant explosion, miles of property ended up damaged and many people were injured while some are believed to be dead.
It is now being reported that over 160 people suffered injuries in the explosion that started when the plant caught on fire most likely due to industrial reasons although it's still under investigation.
You can see the explosion on the video (above). Warning: it may be difficult to watch.
As of now, it is believed between 5 and 15 people have died although that number could rise after people in the town are accounted for. Some of those who were possibly killed in the accident include five firefighters who went missing during the tragedy.
Waco police Sgt. William Patrick Swanton commented on the current state of the operation: